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Freecycling Online: Does it Work?

Posted: Updated: June 11, 2008 11:36 AM CDT

Freecycling Online: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

Want to go to a yard sale, but never leave home?  And better yet, want to get stuff for free?  Maybe you should try freecyle.org.  Kristen Rapert, a counselor with Sikeston Public Schools, asked me to check it out on Does it Work Wednesday. 

"These are some of the things I've received," Kristen says showing me the table full of items she and her newfound friends all have picked up off of freecycle.org.

"I've gotten some good deals," she says.

Mainly because she got everything for free.  Basically, freecyle.org is way to donate and pick up free stuff.  Once you sign up, you post an item you can give away for free.  Then you receive email alerts and shop away.

"I've received complete baby furniture, a couch with no marks, and even two futons," says Cindy Taylor of Sikeston.

Cindy Taylor admits she's a bit addicted to the site now.

"I log on three or four times a day," she says.

Freecycle allows you to narrow your search by letting you be apart of as many town's freecycling lists you'd like.  You can even sign up to browse the lists in different states.

"It'll give you every town that's freecycling from St. Peters to Dexter to Dent county," says Kristen. 

What's more, you can also post your wish lists.  After Kristen told me about the site, I asked her to gather as many people as she could from the Sikeston freecycling group so we could see all of their free finds.  So, what'd she do?  Well, she posted my request on freecycle!

"Lauren Keith has asked me to do the story at my home in Sikeston," reads Kristen.

That certainly worked.  Mildred Willoughby also scored a clothes dryer for her daughter, after posting on the site.

"I advertised on freecyle that we needed a clothes dryer and in 24 hours, we got her a clothes dryer for free," says Mildred.

So, are there any drawbacks?  These gals say not really.  You make the arrangements to pick up your items and note: some things may be gently used.

"You describe it to the best of your ability and be honest," says Cindy.

"You need to keep safety in mind.  I often bring my husband with me and you can meet in a public place to pick it up.  It's fun," says Kristen.

So, these ladies hope this green way of shopping lands them some more free stuff and helps out the environment in the process.

"It saves things from landfills," notes Kristen.

"It's not a penny spent but your time," says Cindy.

"It's been a blessing for my family," says Mildred.

That said, as long as you use common sense and exercise some caution, chances are you too might find some deals on freecycle.org, like these gals.

In the meantime, freecycling.org cashes in with an A-plus on this Does it Work test.

There are some rules involved in this...no posting guns or adult materials, and you cannot take stuff from this site and then sell it on your own.

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